SALTON CITYÂ – Wednesday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering more than six pounds of heroin in a suitcase.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., when Border Patrol agents encountered a 26-year-old woman driving a black 2007 Chrysler Sebring at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
During the Border Patrol agentâ€™s initial questioning, he observed that the woman appeared nervous. The agent referred her to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. Border Patrol agents subsequently discovered a package of heroin hidden in a false compartment of the womanâ€™s suitcase.
The heroin had a combined weight of 6.5 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $78,000.
The woman, a United States citizen, the vehicle, and the narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.